by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
Durand City Manager Colleen O’Toole presented the Durand City Council with a Capital Improvement Plan during the Monday, April 3 meeting, which lays out the city’s plans for the next six years. The project summaries are intended to present a broad scope of the needs, capacities, and circumstances of particular projects. As projects are launched, more substantial documentation, cost allocations, and funding sources will be identified.
The Capital Improvement Plan outlines many water infrastructure projects, which will include updates throughout the city, at the Water/Wastewater Treatment Facility, and at the DPW barn, as well as a number of equipment purchases that will enhance the city’s water systems.
The improvements that are on many residents’ minds, however, are the promised street repairs that folks have been clamoring for over the past five to 10 years. Residents passed a street millage in November, and the three-year project to pave or repair every street in the city of Durand will begin this spring. Additionally, the city pledges to continue updating underground water and wastewater systems as part of the street project.
The city will begin by compiling an engineering plan that takes into account both the current street conditions and the condition of underlying water and wastewater mains. The city will then commence with Phase I of the street improvement project by targeting roadways that are in the highest level of disrepair, but do not require substantial water or wastewater work to be completed.
Phase II, which will be completed during the 2018/2019 fiscal year, will include roadways that have been targeted for water/wastewater improvements. Phase III will include any remaining streets, with the goal being to complete most of the three-year project by the end of the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Final touches will be completed during the 2020/2021 fiscal year.